Cardinal Cristóbal López Romero said: “We are talking about robberies, violence, rape, and being sold as slaves.”
Less than three weeks after he returns from Mongolia in early September, Pope Francis will travel internationally again with a day trip to Marseille, France, Sept. 22–23. It will be his third trip over a six-week period, as he will be in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 2–6 for World Youth Day.
June 20 is World Refugee Day, a day established by the United Nations to promote awareness of the estimated 27.1 million refugees displaced by violence and conflict across the globe.
In his message for the 109th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, released May 11, Pope Francis recognized the migratory flows of our times as “the expression of a complex and varied phenomenon” that requires analysis of the different stages, including the departure, arrival, and the possibility of returning to one’s homeland.
After the 2014 launch of a national campaign to raise awareness about the scourge of human trafficking in Mozambique, the Episcopal Commission for Migrants, Refugees and Displaced Persons (CEMIRDE) of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM) will hold workshops on human trafficking during the month of October in South Africa, an official has said.
The pope made the comment in his message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2022.
‘All of us are called to commit ourselves to universal fraternity,’ the pope wrote in a preface to the new guide.
A Catholic Priest in Zimbabwe coordinating an office of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC) has highlighted the plight of refugees and migrants, saying that their lives entail “risking everything” in search of a better life.
The Archbishop of South Africa’s Johannesburg Archdiocese has expressed concern about the difficult lives of refugees and migrants, especially their challenging search for settlement, and suggested that the vulnerable group be considered “a new missionary territory”.
The plight of refugees and migrants as far as documentation is concerned can be addressed by the creation of an office that specifically deals with this vulnerable group in each Catholic Parish, a Catholic Archbishop in South Africa has proposed.
Pope Francis visited the Mavrovouni migrant reception and identification center located along the shore of the island of Lesbos,
As a sign of Pope Francis’ concern for migrants, the Vatican has announced that it is helping to arrange the transfer of refugees from Cyprus to Italy, among them, two Christians who fled the Central African nation of Cameroon.
Pope Francis called on the international community to stop deporting migrants to unsafe countries.
Following the capsizing of a boat off the coast of Libya, the April 22-23 incident that left at least 130 migrants dead, the leadership of the global confederation of Catholic relief agencies, Caritas Internationalis (CI), has called for the setting up of mechanisms to safeguard the rights of migrants.
Two Catholic Bishops in Southern African nations have expressed concerns about the “distressing situation” of migrants trying to cross into South Africa from neighboring countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The leadership of the global confederation of Catholic relief agencies, Caritas Internationalis (CI), is offering help and comfort to migrants leaving Africa for Europe through Mali, housing them and providing them with “support and advice on their journey.”
The suffering of the poor cannot be ignored during the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said Thursday in his televised morning homily.
Welcoming other Christians and showing hospitality to strangers, especially migrants, is an opportunity for unity and for sharing Christ’s love, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.
The Catholic Bishops of North Africa under the umbrella body called the Regional Episcopal Conference of North Africa (CERNA) recently reconfirmed their solidarity with thousands of migrants present in their region and promised to reach out to them.